Porthdinllaen Lifeboat

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14th August 2016

At 10.55am Holyhead Coastguard requested that Porthdinllaen RNLI lifeboat should launch to assist a broken down pleasure craft.

The 20ft Bayliner type craft, called the Blue Moon, had two people on board and had suffered mechanical failure approximately 10 miles North of Porthdinllaen Point.
The Blue Moon, which had set off earlier in the morning from Portdinorwig for a leisurely fishing trip, had suffered a drive coupling failure on their inboard engine which was not repairable at sea. Weather conditions were sunny with calm seas and only a slight breeze.
Upon arrival, the volunteer lifeboat crew from Porthdinllaen passed over a tow line to the Blue Moon and upon arrival at Porthdinllaen Bay, the boat was placed on a safe mooring.
The lifeboat then returned to the boathouse and was refuelled and ready for service at 12.45pm.
Ken Fitzpatrick, Lifeboat Operations Manager at Porthdinllaen RNLI, said: 'The Blue Moon suffered an unavoidable breakdown due to the failure of the engine drive coupling and the only option was to request a tow back to Porthdinllaen.'

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Top Award For RNLI Porthdinllaen

Saturday 18th October: RNLI Porthdinllaen Lifeboat Station was the venue for this year’s Tom Pryce Memorial Trophy and Automotive Achievement Award conferred on behalf of WMW by Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant for Gwynedd, Edmund S Bailey.

The Tom Pryce Memorial Trophy, awarded on the 150th Anniversary of the founding of the RNLI station at Porthdinllaen, marks the culmination of a multi-million pound investment in a new lifeboat together with a new boathouse and launch slip-way.

Coxswain Michael Davies said: “On behalf of RNLI Porthdinllaen I am delighted to receive the Tom Pryce Memorial Trophy for 2014. Over the past two years RNLI has invested £11m at Porthdinllaen with a new ‘state of the art’ boathouse and slipway together with the latest Tamar Class all-weather lifeboat - a key strategic component in the RNLI’s rescue service for the coast of North-West Wales.  The vessel’s two Caterpillar C18 marine Diesel engines which produce up to 1,001hp each at 2,300 rpm, allow for a range of 250 nautical miles and a maximum speed of 25 knots”.

About the Awards –

The Tom Pryce Memorial Trophy (from 1996) commemorates Wales’ greatest racing driver. A fire marshal ran into his path at the 1977 South African Grand Prix and both were killed. The crystal glass trophy is awarded to a Welsh man or woman for an outstanding contribution in the world of transport: Land, Sea or Air. It can also go to an undertaking or body with a special relationship to Wales or its automotive sector.



1. Lord Lieutenant Presents Tom Pryce Memorial Trophy to RNLI Porthdinllaen Lifeboat
From L to R: Huw Thomas (WMW Chairman); Michael Davies (Coxswain, Porthdinllaen Lifeboat); Edmund S Bailey (HM Lord Lieutenant for Gwynedd)
Photo– Andrew Charman

2. L to R – Ken Jones (Pentraeth Group); Edmund S Bailey (HM Lord Lieutenant for Gwynedd); Terry Davies (WMW President); Group Captain Peter Cracroft RAF (Station Commander, RAF Valley); Huw Thomas (WMW Chairman); Michael Davies (Porthdinllaen Lifeboat)
Photo– Liam Bird

Article written by Huw Thomas


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